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Swede Pulls up Carrot Bearing Long-Lost Ring (Ring Lost 16 Years ago)
The Local ^ | 30 Dec 11

Posted on 12/31/2011 11:08:39 AM PST by nickcarraway

A Swedish woman's recent toiling in her garden turned up a rather unexpected harvest when she pulled a carrot out of the ground 'wearing' the wedding ring she had lost back in 1995.

After 16 years, Lena and Ola Påhlsson, who reside near Mora, Dalarna, in central Sweden, had given up hope of ever finding Lena's lost wedding ring.

The ring, which Lena had designed herself, went missing after she had put it on the kitchen counter in midst of a holiday baking session back in 1995.

The couple engaged in a frantic search for the ring, even checked behind the appliances and beneath the floor boards when renovating the kitchen a few years later, but to no avail.

But as Lena was about to gather the last of the carrots from the family vegetable patch last October, she pulled out a carrot that had something attached to it.

As the carrot was so small, she was about to throw it away when she realized what it was that appeared to be “growing” around the finger-sized vegetable.

“Our daughter Anna was at home at the time and she heard an almighty scream from the garden,” Ola Påhlsson told The Local, recalling the day of the miraculous find.

Anna thought Lena had hurt herself and went running to her mother.

She instead found Lena sitting on a chair looking rather shocked.

“It was Lena’s wedding ring that had been missing since 1995 after Lenas annual Christmas baking. It had surfaced, wrapped around a carrot. Quite amazing,” said Ola.

Ola had several theories as to how Lena's ring could have made its way from the kitchen to the vegetable patch.

“We thought maybe it had fallen in to the compostable food bin. Perhaps it ended up in compost that was spread over the vegetable patch later,” he said.

He also theorized that the family's sheep, which is often fed kitchen scraps, may have had a hand in the mysterious migration of the ring.

“Maybe it had been eaten by the sheep and then ended up in the manure that we then spread over the vegetable patch,” said Ola.

The soil in the vegetable patch has been turned over several times without revealing the ring.

Last year, however, Lena didn’t plant the carrots in a row but spread the seeds randomly.

“That could also be the reason as to how the carrot grew through the ring. A seed could have landed in the middle of it after turning the patch, just by chance,” said Ola.

They were both pleased to find that the ring - made of white gold with seven small diamonds - was as good as new after all those years in the soil.

While overjoyed at the find, Lena hasn't yet started wearing the ring again yet, as it still needs to be re-sized to fit her now somewhat-larger fingers.

"We're keeping it in a safe place," she told the local Dalarnas Tidningar newspaper.


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1 posted on 12/31/2011 11:08:51 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Rock on, Mr. and Mrs. Påhlsson. And thanks for reminding me that the horses get carrots tonight.


2 posted on 12/31/2011 11:14:30 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

That is AMAZING...I can’t believe 1995 was 16 years ago!


3 posted on 12/31/2011 11:15:36 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: nickcarraway; JustaDumbBlonde

Gardening is fun and can be a profitable adventure.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 11:19:29 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: 1rudeboy
What a cheapskate! If he had given her a cigar band she would have at least had something to show people. ;-)
5 posted on 12/31/2011 11:20:12 AM PST by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: nickcarraway
And the ring had these strange-looking characters engraved ...

" ... ash nazg durbatuluk ..."

6 posted on 12/31/2011 11:20:40 AM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats:always looking for someone else to blame)
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To: nickcarraway

Stranger than fiction!

Thanks for the post and pictures.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 11:21:39 AM PST by thecodont
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To: nickcarraway
Great story, with a happy ending.

After all, she could have found a different ring...


8 posted on 12/31/2011 11:24:08 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: nickcarraway

As my friend Fritz Osterberg, of Swedish extraction jokingly says: Do you know what’s dumber than a dumb Norwegian?

A SMART SWEDE!


9 posted on 12/31/2011 11:25:51 AM PST by Tucker39
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To: GreenLanternCorps
"After all, she could have found a different ring..."

Since it was unlikley to grow I think she was hoping for a better one from this cheap chump!

10 posted on 12/31/2011 11:27:35 AM PST by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: nickcarraway

The Carrot couple promptly sued the Pahlssons for possession of the keepsake...

11 posted on 12/31/2011 11:34:08 AM PST by mikrofon (Starchute of Limitations)
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To: nickcarraway

I wouldn’t get that excited, it was only a one carrot ring.


12 posted on 12/31/2011 11:37:49 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: nickcarraway

Hoax.


13 posted on 12/31/2011 11:46:35 AM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his name on the Va. ballot, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe I’ll plant some carrots and see if I can find mine.


14 posted on 12/31/2011 11:52:59 AM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: eCSMaster

Beat me to it!


15 posted on 12/31/2011 12:03:43 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: nickcarraway

What was she baking when she lost her ring - a carrot cake?


16 posted on 12/31/2011 12:31:04 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: mikrofon

Now you’re going to get a fatwa on carrots.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2822210/posts


17 posted on 12/31/2011 12:32:51 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: nickcarraway

18 posted on 12/31/2011 12:53:38 PM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: nickcarraway

Great story! Mother Nature delivers..


19 posted on 12/31/2011 1:01:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: nickcarraway
"We're keeping it in a safe place," she told the local Dalarnas Tidningar newspaper.

Might I suggest. . . A CARROT???

20 posted on 12/31/2011 1:31:48 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: nickcarraway

A real 24 carrot story!


21 posted on 12/31/2011 2:08:40 PM PST by tanuki (Left-wing Revolution: show biz for boring people.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; JustaDumbBlonde

This tale deserves a garden ping! Before I even finished reading it I thought of the kitchen compostables. I guess I watch too many mystery stories on TV! LOL


22 posted on 01/01/2012 2:38:51 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway
FTA: While overjoyed at the find, Lena hasn't yet started wearing the ring again yet, as it still needs to be re-sized to fit her now somewhat-larger fingers.

Rather ugly of the newspaper to mention that!

23 posted on 01/01/2012 2:58:52 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
Gardening miracle ping!

Thanks Red_Devil232 and afraidfortherepublic!

24 posted on 01/01/2012 5:23:19 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Rather ugly of the newspaper to mention that!"

Don't ever give a reporter information unless you want it reported. There must be an old proverb along those lines. :)

25 posted on 01/01/2012 5:24:26 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

The odd part about this story is, the ring was lost in Canada.


26 posted on 01/01/2012 5:26:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: nickcarraway; JustaDumbBlonde
There's Gold in them thar Hills Carrots...
27 posted on 01/01/2012 5:56:57 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: eCSMaster
From Lord of the Rings

(the ring-inscription is said to be written in the Black Speech, a language devised by Sauron and used in his land of Mordor. It is written in tengwar.)

--

The Tengwar[1] are an artificial script created by J. R. R. Tolkien. In his fictional universe of Middle-earth, the tengwar were invented by the Elf Fëanor, and used first to write the Elven tongues: Quenya, Telerin, and also Valarin. Later a great number of languages of Middle-earth were written using the tengwar, including Sindarin. Tolkien used tengwar to write English: most of Tolkien's tengwar samples are actually in English.

--One_Ring_Inscription

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,

Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Translated, the words mean:

One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,

One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

28 posted on 01/01/2012 6:03:25 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: nickcarraway
The ring may have fallen off when pushing a seed into the ground,
but who uses their ring finger?
29 posted on 01/01/2012 6:44:12 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax

Er, never mind.


30 posted on 01/01/2012 6:45:51 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks for the happy story.LOL


31 posted on 01/01/2012 6:51:14 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hhrumph. My guess is that she didn’t like the ring, was angry one night, and tossed it in the yard. She couldn’t find it later when she’d cooled down.

Or she put it in a specific place and decided all these years later to “find” the ring again and put it around a carrot.

Before you flame me, note that I base these theories on experiencing over 30 years of marriage... and watching many “I Love Lucy” reruns.


32 posted on 01/01/2012 11:29:41 PM PST by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: trumandogz

“HOAX”

I agree. Very easy to fake this one.


33 posted on 01/02/2012 3:50:59 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: nickcarraway

Very interesting, if true. The placement of the ring leads me to think this is a fake story. People will do anything these days to make the paper, i.e. “15 minutes of fame”.

We used to be in the medicinal wild root business. Several hundred pounds of wild roots would come into our shop every year. Each had to be inspected, weighed and sorted as to grade.

I have seen roots that grew through old glass cork-type bottle tops, washers, nuts, circled around old square nails and even through small stones.

Here’s a true ‘lost ring’ story. In the 40’s, my grandmother lost her wedding ring while shopping in downtown Omaha, NB. She took an ad out in the ‘Lost & Found’ section of the Herald and it was returned by someone who found it laying on the sidewalk. A few years later she lost it again, took an ad in the paper and believe it or not it was found and returned a second time. The newspaper did a story on the strange event, making note of how honest people were. Things have sure changed. Today this 18K gold with large diamond ring would have been in a Pawn shop before it hit the ground.


34 posted on 01/02/2012 4:38:07 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: tubebender

lol


35 posted on 01/02/2012 8:09:03 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: greeneyes

You’re welcome, ma’am.


36 posted on 01/02/2012 8:09:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Tucker39

Bah. My Swedish grandmother always told me Norwegians are stolt.

Now that I’ve looked it up, it doesn’t sound like much of an insult. I think she meant it as “stuck-up.”


37 posted on 01/02/2012 9:34:46 AM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
I can’t believe 1995 was 16 years ago!

My thoughts exactly! Geez! Where did the time go?

38 posted on 01/02/2012 9:37:45 AM PST by Sarajevo
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Since I am Swiss/German with an Irish paternal grandmother, I cannot speak authoritatively on Scandinavians. All I know is that my Swedish buddy was quite jovial and sporting about the differences/similarities of Swedes and Norwegians. The cherry on top is that they BOTH apparently consider themselves superior to Fins. ;o)


39 posted on 01/02/2012 5:23:53 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

How many karats was it?.........


40 posted on 01/03/2012 8:42:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: nickcarraway

I found a lost wedding ring I had lost for several years pulling weeds in the yard one day. It had a nick in it from the lawn mower, but was otherwise okay. I’m wearing it now........


41 posted on 01/03/2012 8:44:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Red Badger

LOL, good one!


42 posted on 01/03/2012 9:14:46 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: nickcarraway
Bring on the Ola and Lena jokes.

Ola lay dying in the upstairs bedroom when he noticed a wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies coming upstairs from the kitchen. Mustering all of his strength, ne pulled himself out of bed and crawled down the stairs and was reaching up to the counter to grab a cookie when Lena slapped his hand and said,

"Ola! Shame on you. Those are for the funeral."

43 posted on 01/04/2012 6:38:05 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: nickcarraway
Bring on the Ola and Lena jokes.

Ola lay dying in the upstairs bedroom when he noticed a wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies coming upstairs from the kitchen. Mustering all of his strength, ne pulled himself out of bed and crawled down the stairs and was reaching up to the counter to grab a cookie when Lena slapped his hand and said,

"Ola! Shame on you. Those are for the funeral."

44 posted on 01/04/2012 6:39:02 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: nickcarraway
Bring on the Ola and Lena jokes.

Ola lay dying in the upstairs bedroom when he noticed a wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies coming upstairs from the kitchen. Mustering all of his strength, ne pulled himself out of bed and crawled down the stairs and was reaching up to the counter to grab a cookie when Lena slapped his hand and said,

"Ola! Shame on you. Those are for the funeral."

45 posted on 01/04/2012 6:39:26 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: P8riot

I hate it when my tablet hiccups


46 posted on 01/04/2012 6:40:59 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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